Apple's Puritanical Review System Kills South Park iPhone App

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It's a good thing Apple is around to protect us all from offensive content. Otherwise, we might be exposed to the sort of filth that's available on basic cable. Horrors!

The creators of South Park put together a slick-looking app for the iPhone, allowing free streaming of clips as well as other fun stuff, like wallpapers and news. It looked to be a great little piece of mobile entertainment. Alas.

We first announced our iPhone App back in October, after we submitted the Application to Apple for approval. After a couple of attempts to get the application approved, we are sad to say that our app has been rejected. According to Apple, the content was "potentially offensive." But Apple did admit that the standards would evolve, citing that when iTunes first launched it didn't sell any music with explicit lyrics. At this point, we are sad to say, the app is dead in the water. Sorry, South Park fans.

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kaisermachead
kaisermachead

I think Apple really needs to can this "offensive" bullshit, forget about the potential bitchy whine-fest and simply deal solely with the actual quality/stability of the applications it sells. I mean, as said already, they sell R-rated movies. They sell songs with explicit lyrics. I see no possible benefit from this sort of app approval process of theirs. I've concluded that there really is NO method to their madness. It's almost as if some troop of isolated cubicle monkeys are sitting there and arbitrarily pressing the "DO NOT WANT" button. I can buy goddamn South Park episodes on iTunes for Woz's sake.

Apple's really playing on the fact that people will leave themselves little choice but to buy an iPhone and use their app store. Not even the likes of Microsoft and Google have this level of hubris. I like some of the things you do Apple, I really really do, but stop this shit already.